Wuhan is front and center in the global pandemic of this nasty deadly coronavirus.
I spent a lovely few days in Wuhan in 2006.
This was a study abroad trip with students from Ball State University:
I think my photography skills have improved since then, as well.
Last week, while I was in Kansas City, I visited the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.
This kind of stuff makes me weak in the knees:
I enjoyed viewing this Chinese orchestra:
And revisiting Persephone by Thomas Hart Benton:
The Chinese temple exhibit is one of the Nelson’s great glories:
This Stonehenge is one I don’t remember seeing before:
But the crowning jewel of the Nelson collection? This Caravaggio of St. John the Baptist. It’s gut-punching in person:
Much of my most recent visit to the Art Institute of Chicago was spent in the Chinese collection, which believe-it-or-not I had never visited.
Some of these pieces are literally 4000 or more years old!
Amongst the items I inherited from Aunt Esther is this antique china cabinet. This stood in the alcove in her dining room on Clinton Street in Columbia.
Filled with memorabilia from her life, it stayed with her at Foxwood Springs in Raymore, Missouri until her dying day. And then a month later it found a home in my own dining room.
This china cabinet now holds priceless memories: my mother’s collection of Fireking Jadeite china, Grandma Carter’s formal china, Grandma Blocher’s stemware, a few pieces of Great-Grandmother Blocher’s china, some of my mother’s crystal serving dishes, serving bowls from various relatives, and so on. Plus a lovely bone china set I purchased at an antique store in Indiana 15 years ago.
And sitting beside the china cabinet is my Grandma Carter’s violin.
I said in 2005 “the 21st century will be the Chinese century, just as the 20th was the American century.”
I meant it. And now, with the USA in global retreat….
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